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File:Vitruvius.jpg|thumb|300px|A 1684 depiction of Vitruvius (right) presenting ''De Architectura'' to Augustus '''Marcus Vitruvius Pollio''' (born c. 80–70 BC, died after c. 15 BC), commonly known as '''Vitruvius''', was a Roman Empire|Roman author, architect, civil engineer and military engineering|military engineer during the 1st century BC, known for his multi-volume work entitled ''De architectura''. By his own descriptionDe Arch. Book 1, preface. section 2 Vitruvius served as an artilleryman, the third class of arms in the military offices. He probably served as a senior officer of artillery in charge of ''doctores ballistarum'' (artillery experts) and ''libratores'' who actually operated the machines.Yann Le Bohec "The Imperial Roman Army" Routledge, pg 49 2000 ISBN 0-415-22295-8 [https://books.google.com/books]
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